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Jimmies baseball falls in doubleheader against Concordia

Apr. 22—JAMESTOWN — The University of Jamestown baseball team gave up three solo home runs in a 4-1 loss to Concordia University (Nebraska) on Monday, April 22, at Jack Brown Stadium.

The Jimmies' Luke Zimmer worked in and out of trouble in the top of the first, giving up a solo home run and back-to-back singles with only one out, but got out of the jam with two fly outs to end the inning.

"Luke is one of our best pitchers and unfortunately he hasn't been able to pitch the last couple weeks, but I thought one of the keys to his success today was his ability to minimize the damage and he did that in the first inning, was able to settle in and gave us a nice start today," Jimmies head coach Tom Hager said.

The Bulldogs hit two more solo home runs to take a 3-0 lead through the sixth and then tacked on one more on a sacrifice fly to take a 4-0 lead. The Jimmies got one back in the bottom of the seventh on a Hayden Brown solo home run to cut the deficit to 4-1.

The Bulldogs starter was Caden Johnson, who pitched a complete game, giving up one run on three hits with five strikeouts and one walk.

Zimmer went four innings, giving up two runs on seven hits with eight strikeouts and no walks.

CUNE 4, UJ 1

CUNE: 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 — 4 10 0

UJ: 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 — 1 3 1

The Jimmies gave up three runs in the top of the ninth inning in a 6-3 loss to the Bulldogs in the second game of the doubleheader.

The Jimmies (25-17, 11-13) opened the scoring when RJ Woods replaced an injured Triston Madison with two strikes on him and hit a double to give his team a 1-0 lead. The Jimmies added one more in the frame for a 2-0 lead.

"RJ's a polished freshman," Hager said. "He's a guy that we brought off the bench to swing the bat in previous weeks and here we absolutely needed him and he gave us a great swing and caught and did a nice job catching behind the plate. So I'm proud of that freshman."

The Bulldogs (33-12, 17-7) came up with big hits in the fourth, scoring three runs on three hits to take a 3-2 lead. The Jimmies tied it up in the fifth when Woods reached on an error allowing a run to score to make it a 3-3 game.

Both team's pitchers forced their opponents to strand runners on from there as from the sixth through the eighth, the Jimmies left three runners on base while the Bulldogs stranded two runners on, with both coming in the sixth.

The score remained tied until the top of the ninth when the Bulldogs' Ty Nekoliczak hit a single to score a run and push the Bulldogs in front 4-3. The Bulldogs added two more in the inning to get the 6-3 lead.

The Jimmies opted for a bullpen game in the second game, using eight pitchers. The Jimmies starter was Austin Shelton, who pitched two innings giving up two hits while striking out two and walking two.

The Bulldogs were not afraid to go their bullpen as well as they used six pitchers. Their starter was Matthew Rhoades, who went 1.1 innings giving up three hits while striking out one.

The loss pushes the Jimmies' losing streak to six games.

"We have got to get back to being tough outs at the plate," Hager said. "If you look at the last five or six games, we're giving too many at-bats away. So, I thought today was a step in the right direction but we need to continue to get better offensively."

The Jimmies return to the diamond at 1 p.m. on Friday, April 26, when they host Hastings College.

CUNE 6, UJ 3

CUNE: 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 3 — 6 8 1

UJ: 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 — 3 6 0